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The cool, crisp fall weather is perfect for sampling St. Louis’ signature outdoor festivals. Follow this guide to your next autumn adventure.
Get your appetites ready, because next week is the ninth annual Downtown Restaurant Week in the Lou. From Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25, enjoy a special three-course menu for $25 at 27 different eating and drinking establishments in the heart of the city. Get the whole rundown of participating venues at downtownrestaurantweek.net.
Stone Hill Winery, a Missouri Winefest participant
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When you pour a glass of Missouri-made wine, you may think about the aromas, flavors and complexities that emerge from the bottle, but do you consider the person behind that creation?
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With temperatures soaring to all-time highs this summer, keeping cool is imperative, and nothing helps keep the heat at bay like a glass of fine Missouri wine.
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Mediterranean breezes, California sunshine— what’s not to like for a vinifera grape growing in one of these spectacular regions? But what about Missouri and its humidity, fluctuating winter temperatures, hot summers, late frosts and hail?
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◆We’re sad to report that local legend MIKE ‘TALAYNA’ FAILLE passed away last week, on Oct. 27, from complications arising from a heart attack. The 73-year-old was famous for his Talayna’s Italian Restaurant, which closed in the late 1990s, along with a string of other restaurant projects, and was just getting ready to open a new venture, the Frontenac Grill, in West County. His family has announced the restaurant will still open to honor his dream.
Autumn in Missouri wouldn’t be complete without a drive to the country. We recently headed west to Hermann to not only take in the dazzling display of fall color, but also to sample some of the best Nortons around.
> Congratulations are in order for Stone Hill Winery of Hermann and Chaumette Vineyards & Winery of Ste. Genevieve following their impressive showings at this year’s Missouri Wine Competition. Stone Hill took the Governor’s Cup for the second year running, this time for its 2009 Vignoles. The winery also won the most awards at the 2010 competition, with a total of 44! Chaumette proved to be no slouch either, bringing home three gold medals and four others, and a Best in Class award for its offerings.
> Birthday candles: International Tap House owners BRAD LOBDELL and SEAN CONROY (who is also a KTVI reporter) are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Chesterfield pub this week. The party ends on Super Bowl Sunday with a chili cook-off. Conroy and Lobdell are also negotiating the lease for a second location in Dog-town…Square One Brewery and Distilling in Lafayette Square will celebrate its four-year anniversary Feb. 22. Sip some Anniversary Ale or try a cocktail made from its ‘Spirits of St. Louis’ line.
> Chris Sommers, owner of Pi in the U.City Loop, has announced plans to open a LEED-certified bar in November at 408 N. Euclid Ave., most recently home to Posh. Hometown boy Sommers has enlisted the help of H. Joseph Ehrmann, owner of Elixir in San Francisco, to create the cocktail menu. “We’ll be doing a lot of things with local ingredients,” Sommers promises. “And we’ll be following the trend toward classic cocktails while keeping a focus on green, local and organic.” He plans to call the bar Pi Bar, Liquid Pi or some other spin on the name of his popular pizzeria. Sommers also is negotiating a lease nearby to house a third Pi!
> Congratulations to Niche pastry chef Mathew Rice, whose wedding cake and red velvet sandwiches are featured in the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. The layered buttermilk-vanilla cake is decorated with lengths of ribbon with homemade rhubarb jam that Rice made for St. Louis stationer Cheree Berry’s wedding. Slices of red velvet cake wrapped in paper stand in for the groom’s cake. “I can’t wait to see Cheree’s cake in Martha Stewart Weddings,” Rice beams.
• Congratulations to Gerard Craft, chef/owner of Niche restaurant! On Monday he was chosen to be one of five finalists in the Best Chef Midwest category for a James Beard Foundation Award. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony May 4 at Lincoln Center in New York, followed by an incredible reception with food prepared by 22 of America’s greatest female chefs. Tickets for the event and the complete list of finalists are available at jbfawards.com.
Spending the weekend at Destination Kohler, one of the nation’s premier golf and spa resorts, is like experiencing the most exclusive country club you can imagine. Luxuriously appointed rooms, first-class dining, championship golf and out-of-this world spa treatments ensure that each of your senses is engaged, no, indulged.
11/28 ST. LOUIS BLUES REVUE Vocalists Marty Abdullah, Roland Johnson and Robbie Montgomery join the Soulard Blues Band for a night of blues and soul beginning at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Ballroom. $15 general admission, $25 reserved table seating; www.metrotix.com or 534-1111.
10/10 OWL OUTINGS See the owl butterflies that waken at dusk during this October Owl Outing at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. $6 adults, $4 ages 4 to 12. 5:30 to 7 p.m. www.butterflyhouse.org
The Slow Food movement, which began in Italy in 1986 to preserve traditional foods and their preparation, is about to make a big American splash. Slow Food USA is hosting a four-day food event in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. The gathering, expected to draw 50,000, is meant to teach Americans about artisanal food production and provide them an opportunity to share a veritable banquet at various tasting events.
At a Glance…Wineries
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Finding the best bottle of wine in California wine country is like searching for a needle in a haystack. So when we recently found ourselves in San Francisco for the annual ZAP Zinfandel Festival, we set out for a more modest goal: focusing on that varietal and heading north to Sonoma County, the region known for turning out world-class Zins.